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The Kurdzhips (Russian: Курджипс), located in the Caucasus Mountains, is a river in the Apsheronsky District of Krasnodar region, Russia. It is a left tributary of the Belaya near Maykop. It is 100 kilometres (62 mi) long, and has a drainage basin of 768 square kilometres (297 sq mi).[1]

Gumka Gorge
Kurdzhips is located in Krasnodar Krai
Kurdzhips is located in Caucasus mountains
Kurdzhips is located in European Russia
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates
44°34′43″N 40°03′12″E / 44.5786°N 40.0532°E / 44.5786; 40.0532Coordinates: 44°34′43″N 40°03′12″E / 44.5786°N 40.0532°E / 44.5786; 40.0532
Length100 km (62 mi)
Basin size768 km2 (297 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionBelayaKubanSea of Azov
Area around Kurdzhips River

The river is a venue for wilderness and extreme sports.[2][3] The river gained world attention in 2000 when Neanderthal remains were discovered in a cave on its banks.[4][5]


  1. ^ Река Курджипс in the State Water Register of Russia (Russian)
  2. ^ Republic of Adygea Archived 2015-06-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ International Rock Climbing Festival in Guamka, Russia.
  4. ^ Igor V. Ovchinnikov, Anders Götherström, Galina P. Romanova, Vitaliy M. Kharitonov, Kerstin Lidén & William Goodwin Molecular analysis of Neanderthal DNA from the northern Caucasus. Nature 404, 490-493 (30 March 2000).
  5. ^ John F. Hoffecker (2002). Desolate Landscapes: Ice-Age Settlement in Eastern Europe. Rutgers University Press.